Date of Publication


Degree Type

Honors Thesis


Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education

First Advisor

Dr. Timothy Henry, Associate Professor, Athletic Training


The purpose of this research was to determine what characteristics patients want to see from the athletic trainers they work with. The current research and literature published focuses on what other professionals in the field believe to be the best characteristics to demonstrate. In an effort to advance prior research and knowledge about the profession, research was conducted utilizing a summative scale survey with 19 characteristics that was distributed to varsity and club athletes at the College at Brockport. The top characteristics desired were: knowledgeable (4.97), helpful (4.91), reliable (4.88) and honest (4.88). The least desired characteristics were: humorous (3.75), role model (3.83), and sympathetic (4).